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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press and numerous other news organizations declared Joe Biden the nation’s 46th president late Saturday morning.
Nine county boards of elections were scheduled to meet Friday to consider a total of at least 4,300 additional absentee by-mail ballots, said N.C. Board of Elections spokesman Patrick Gannon.
Consistent with everything else unusual about 2020, the number of ballots cast on Election Day (Tuesday) in Wilkes County was less than half of those cast during absentee, by-mail voting and one-stop, early voting combined.
Authorities are continuing their investigation into the whereabouts of a 28-year-old Wilkes County woman reported missing about three months ago, as well as investigating the murder of a 26-year-old woman whose body was found Oct. 19 in Wilkes.
Ronda has a new mayor and all five Wilkes County commissioners are still Republicans, according to unofficial election results posted Tuesday night.
The N.C. State Board of Elections anticipates that results reported by the end of election night on Tuesday will include 97 percent or more of all ballots cast in North Carolina in the 2020 general election, said board spokesman Patrick Gannon.
Wilkes County’s turnout for one-stop, early voting and absentee, by-mail voting combined lagged behind the rest of the state and all but one adjoining county when early, one-stop ended Saturday statewide.
The Wilkes Board of Elections office reported that it received 5,440 requests for absentee, mail-in ballots by the deadline for these forms, which was 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Juror notices were mailed last week for the first jury trials in the Wilkes County Courthouse in over a year as part of the latest step toward restoring normalcy in North Carolina’s justice system.
Almost 11% (4,694) of Wilkes County’s 43,409 registered voters cast ballots in the first three days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) of one-stop, early voting.
One-stop, early voting for this year’s general election had a strong start Thursday, with about 500 people casting ballots by noon at the Wilkesboro Civic Center on School Street and about 425 by 2 p.m. at the Edwin McGee Natural Resources Center on Fairplains Road, North Wilkesboro.
Republican Deanna Ballard of Blowing Rock and Democrat Jeanne Supin of Boone are candidates this year to represent the N.C. Senate’s 45th District, which includes all of Wilkes, Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties and about three quarters of Surry County. Ballard is the incumbent.
North Wilkesboro-based Window World is partnering with other organizations Friday to help residents of Wilkes County and across the nation pause to remember the losses and life-changing impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 19 years earlier.
The Catherine H. Barber Memorial Homeless Shelter board is considering appealing another denial of a conditional use permit request in its ongoing efforts to find a long-term shelter site.
Gov. Roy Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration for owners of homes and small businesses damaged in a 5.1 magnitude earthquake centered near Sparta was approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration on Friday.
A new Medical Hematology and Oncology Clinic offering diagnosis and treatment of cancer and blood disorders opened Monday at Wake Forest Baptist-Wilkes Medical Center in North Wilkesboro.
The exit ramp from U.S. 221 to U.S. 421 in Watauga County’s Deep Gap community for eastbound motorists headed toward Wilkes County is closed for construction of new drainage on the ramp.
Wilkes Community College’s 54th annual commencement ceremonies, with a walk-through format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were held Aug. 6 and 7 at the John A. Walker Community Center on the Wilkesboro campus.
The sixth annual Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival, scheduled Sept. 25 and 26, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced Monday.
About 2,600 Duke Energy customers in Wilkes County were still without electricity at 9 p.m. Tuesday after strong wind felled trees and resulted in power line damage a few hours earlier. The company’s outages in Wilkes peaked at about 3,600 late Tuesday afternoon.
About 175 people participated in a Back the Blue walk in support of law enforcement Sunday afternoon in and near downtown North Wilkesboro.
Resilience Forge NC in the Brushy Mountain community is offering a three-day, hands-on introduction to bladesmithing and related crafts at no charge to veterans.
The Wilkes Opioid Response Program has launched a naloxone initiative due to an increase in opioid overdose deaths in Wilkes County since early March
Millers Creek United Methodist Church is conducting a food drive next week to benefit the Samaritan Kitchen of Wilkes summer backpack feeding program for children.
North Carolina is under a “Code Orange” air quality warning through midnight Sunday due to a huge dust cloud that traveled over 5,000 miles from North Africa before blanketing the southeastern U.S.
Nearly a third of Duke Energy’s 29,392 customers in Wilkes County lost electricity two different times Saturday due to a large white pine tree falling on a high voltage power line and leaning toward a second and nearby high voltage line on the same transmission tower.
The long-delayed widening of N.C. 268 East in and near North Wilkesboro is now scheduled for completion in mid-December, said Trent Beaver, N.C. Department of Transportation Division 11 construction engineer.
An event in the Wilkesboros late Friday afternoon commemorating the abolishment of slavery in the U.S. during the Civil War and celebrating unity drew hundreds of people.
An event celebrating Juneteenth Day, a nationwide commemoration of the abolishment of slavery in the U.S., is planned late Friday afternoon in North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro.
Over 3,600 Duke Energy customers in a large area of southwestern Wilkes County and part of western Wilkesboro lost electricity about 9 a.m. Wednesday and still were without power at 10 a.m.
Property of a Wilkesboro-based nonprofit that provided emergency housing for domestic violence victims 24/7 and related services for decades is being sold to pay creditors under Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings.
As if they hadn't already experienced enough abnormality this year, residents of northern Wilkes and much of Surry, Alleghany and Ashe counties were treated to the surreal invasion of Brood IX of the 17-year periodical cicadas this spring.
Elkin-based Yadkin Valley Community Matters, which organized a five-hour “Black Lives Matters” protest event Saturday in Elkin, issued a press release Monday saying the group was started last week “to promote peace, unity and justice” and empower each person in the Yadkin Valley “to have and…
About 200 people marched down Main Street and elsewhere in North Wilkesboro Sunday evening to protest the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn., and similar deaths of black men in recent years.
Rep. Jeffrey Elmore of North Wilkesboro is among sponsors of legislation proposing a $3.1 billion bond referendum to address education and transportation needs in North Carolina.
No public Memorial Day observances are being held in Wilkes County this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Wilkes Veterans Service Officer Allison Huffman and her staff placed a wreath at the veterans monument in front of the Wilkes County Courthouse in Wilkesboro.
Legislation filed in the N.C. House of Representatives on Friday permanently prohibits the State Board of Elections from moving to an all-by-mail election or sending unrequested ballots to voters.